James Hitchmough has received the SGD’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Gifted to a new recipient each year by the Society of Garden Designers’ council, the honour was bestowed on Hitchmough at the SGD Awards ceremony held on 2 February at The Landmark in London.
The horticulturist, author and lecturer was praised by SGD vice chair and treasurer John Wyer FSGD:
“His work on Pictorial Meadows has provided great spectacle in many cities, but as he argued over and again, spectacle is not the answer to our problems.
“He reasons that the biodiversity and climate crisis not only needs a long view, but also continual re-engagement with sites. Hitchmough is also not afraid to pose difficult or unpopular views – he has always questioned the status quo – usually with great humour. Although he has stepped back from active academic life, do not think for a minute that he has retired.”
A full list of this year’s SGD award winners can be found here.